Belarus to launch UNICEF Child Injury Prevention project

Belarus will launch the Child Injury Prevention project of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 2015 with the financial support of the Russian Federation, UNICEF adviser in BelarusYulia Novichenok told BelTA. 

The project of international technical assistance is aimed at strengthening the inter-agency cooperation and developing an efficient system of child injury prevention in order to reduce the mortality rate and the number of children with disabilities. Special attention will be paid to the improvement of the professional level of the specialists of the Belarusian Ministries of Healthcare and Education, the Emergencies Ministry, and the Interior Ministry involved in child injury prevention. The project will also focus on the promotion of the safety and responsible behavior among children and young people and the enhancement of the parents' knowledge about how to ensure the safety of their children.
Yulia Novichenok said that the project will last for 36 months from the moment of its registration. Its financing totals $595,000, with $500,000 provided by the Russian Federation and $95,000 by UNICEF.
The signing ceremony of the donation agreement to implement the Child Injury Prevention project of international technical assistance will be held in Minsk at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Belarus. Partaking in the event will be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in Belarus Alexander Surikov, UNICEF Representative in Belarus Yury Oksamitnyi, Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Rybakov, First Deputy Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich, and representatives of other ministries, partner organizations, public associations, and mass media.
The main partners of the UNICEF project are the Belarusian Healthcare Ministry and the National Scientific and Practical Center for Traumatology and Orthopedics.
The project is expected to improve the system of monitoring the child injury rate and to organize professional training of medical workers on the modern methods of diagnostics and treatment, which will contribute to higher standards and quality of medical care. It also provides for the organization of events for the prevention of injuries and their consequences. Special attention will be paid to enhancement of the level of responsibility and awareness of parents, society, and media about the issues regarding children's safety.
 
 
09.12.2014

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